How to Avoid a Parking Lot Collision

parking lot collisionHere’s a little-known fact: roughly 13% of auto collisions occur in a parking lot. Granted, parking lot collisions are often less severe; damages usually only result in a dent or scratched auto paint. Nevertheless, the tight space does make impacts commonplace.

How Parking Lot Collisions Occur

The following are the most common collision scenarios in a parking lot.

  • Two cars back into each other
  • One car pulls out and into the lane of a passing car
  • Two cars collide while competing for the same parking space
  • A car rear-ends the car ahead at a stop sign

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Safe Car Colors That Lower Collision Risk

safe car colorsChoosing the color of your car is purely an aesthetic choice, or is it? While a model’s safety rating is a huge factor, the color may also play a similar role. Some car colors are safe and just might prevent a fender bender. Your car’s auto paint may actually mitigate the odds of a collision.

How Car Color Impacts Safety

In most collisions, the driver at fault simply failed to see the other car. Visibility is the factor here. Studies show that certain car colors are involved in more collisions than others.

So, which car color create the greatest risk? According to studies, black vehicles are 12% more likely to be involved in an accident during day hours. The figure skyrockets to 47% at night.

Black tends to blend in with the environment. The same goes for other darker colors, such as brown and dark red, albeit to a lesser extent. Continue Reading →

What to Do in a Hit-and-Run Collision

hit and run collisionEvery now and then, we have a customer who comes for collision repairs after being in a hit-and-run collision. What exactly do you do in a hit-and-run collision when the other driver speeds away?

What Constitutes a Hit-and-Run?

An estimated 10% of all collisions are hit-and-runs. This type of collision usually involves two motorists, but one immediately flees the scene. However, if you flee the scene after hitting a stationary vehicle or other object, that also counts as hit-and-run.

What Do You Do After a Hit-and-Run Collision?

As with any accident, pull over when safe to do so. Call 911 if anyone requires medical assistance. Next, you will need to extensively document the scene. Take photos of the damage of your car from multiple angles. Write down the date, location, and approximate time of collision.

Retain as much detail as you can about the hit-and-run vehicle. Can you identify the model, color, or any numbers/letters on the license plate? What about the driver? If you saw the driver, can you provide a description to the police? Continue Reading →

Collision With an Uninsured Driver? What Do You Do?

uninsured driver collisionAn estimated 14% of motorists in the U.S. don’t have auto insurance. What do you do if you’re in a collision with an uninsured driver? Will your insurance cover you? To what extent is the uninsured driver liable?

What to Do When in a Collision With an Uninsured Driver

For the most part, you go through the same process in any auto collision scenario. First, find a safe location to pull over; then make sure all parties involved are okay. Call 911 if anyone requires medical assistance.

Take photos of both vehicles from multiple angles. Also, be sure to take a photograph of the other driver’s license plate. Next, call your insurance company to report the incident. You should also ask to see the other driver’s license. Keep in mind that the driver may not cooperate because driving without insurance will incur a penalty.

Be ready to describe the incident to law enforcement and the insurance company exactly as you remember it. Continue Reading →

Sun-Damaged Cars: A Common Summer Problem

sun-damaged carEverett isn’t the hottest region in the U.S. by any means. Nevertheless, summer does bring about plenty of sunshine. You have reason to worry if you park your car outside. Sun-damaged cars are commonplace and a result of daily UV ray exposure. We’ll explain how to prevent it.

How Sun-rays Damage Car Surfaces

On a sunny day, some car owners prefer to let their vehicle “air dry” after a wash. This is a mistake. Always dry the car using a chamois cloth. When water dries on a car surface, the minerals remain behind and adhere to the auto paint. Over time, this abrades the car’s clearcoat. The end result is badly faded paint. Furthermore, the high temperatures also strip the gloss right off the paint.

Sun-damaged cars are especially prevalent in desert climates like Las Vegas and Phoenix. However, just because Everett and Lynnwood have cooler climates does not mean cars are immune. Continue Reading →

The Truth About Cars with Matte Paint

cars with matte paintCars with matte paint finishes have become quite trendy in recent years because of their sandy texture and non-reflective surface. This is the opposite of the once-sought-after glossy shine and bling of the cars of yesteryear. Matte finishes, though, come at a cost. We’ll explain the downsides of this type of auto paint.

Scratches Stand Out

Unfortunately, blemishes are far more noticeable on a cars with matte finish. Scratches are also more difficult to remove because restoration through polishing or wet sanding is ineffective. Furthermore, most owners are unable to find the exact color shade to fill in the scratch. This leaves only two options: leaving the scratch as is or a repaint. The latter is really expensive due to the requirement of a special additive for the clearcoat. Continue Reading →

How to Conquer Driving Phobia

driving phobiaClients who come to us for collision repair have obviously been in a recent auto accident. An auto body repair, though, may be the least of their worries. Sometimes, in the aftermath of a collision, motorists develop driving anxiety. A driving phobia can be debilitating because it’s an everyday activity for most Lynnwood residents.

How to Overcome a Driving Phobia

The worst thing you can do is avoid driving altogether. You can’t overcome any fear by avoiding it. The key is to slowly regain your confidence by taking small steps. You don’t need to immediately confront your anxiety head on by driving on the freeway during morning rush hour.

Perhaps you can drive around the neighborhood on a Sunday morning, or even in a vacant parking lot. As you regain a bit of confidence, drive on a busier street. Continue Reading →

Watch Out for Towing Scams

towing scamsMost motorists have had to call for a towing service at least once in their life. This usually includes unexpected car collision scenarios, or when the car abruptly begins puffing smoke out of the hood. While awaiting towing, be wary of passing towers that may try to take advantage of your predicament. Towing scams, unfortunately, are all too real in and around Lynnwood.

How Towing Scams Work

Towing scammers, also known as “towing bandits,” actively watch for motorists pulled over on the side of the road. Sure, they’ll provide the needed assistance but then charge exorbitant fees well beyond the original quoted price. They will hold your car hostage at their compound unless you pay up.

Many bandit tow drivers also seek out parked cars on company premises and come up with bogus excuses for towing them. Continue Reading →

How Auto Paint Blending Works

auto paint blendingAuto paint blending is one reason we never recommend DIY fixes. Blending paint is a complex process that requires professional work. We’ll explain the intricate process of paint blending used to restore a scratch or damaged panel.

Auto Paint Blending at a Glance

You can’t merely paint over a scratch using an identical paint color and expect a perfect restoration. You will still be able to distinguish between the new paint and the rest of the vehicle’s color. With a single glance you can tell that restoration work was done, because of the clear edges and lines.

Auto paint blending is a process that blends the restorative paint with the rest of the car. Continue Reading →

How to Fight Off Drowsy Driving

drowsy drivingSometimes, when we work on collision repairs, the client admits the damage was a result of nodding off behind the wheel. Even in this instance, the client was lucky that all he hit was a stationary object. Drowsy driving can result in serious injury or death. Please follow these safety tips if you’re going to pull an all-nighter in the driver’s seat.

Drowsy Driving Statistics

According to AAA, falling asleep while driving accounts for 12.5% of fatal collisions. Furthermore, one in three drivers have admitted to nodding off behind the wheel.

Drivers resort to various methods for staying awake while driving. Unsurprisingly, the most common method is the consumption of caffeinated beverages. Other ways include listening to loud music, singing to the radio, eating, and turning up the AC. Continue Reading →